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Tires: Glue them at home or at the track?

Old 02-27-2015, 10:44 AM
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Typically I have always glued up my 1/8th scale tires at home as soon as I get them. I then store them in ziplock bags and then travel to races with a large container of my glued tire sets.

But after just recently refilling my 1/8th buggy tire inventory, as well as investing in a truggy selection, I have been questioning if this is right thing to do.

I suppose gluing them at home has the benefit of perhaps doing a better job, climate controlled, no imminent rush, etc. It is also one less thing to have to worry about at the track.

Or should I be worried about glue joints aging? I have some tire sets that have celebrated birthdays.

Does carrying them unglued take up less room? this is a much larger (pun intended) issue now that I have added truggy to my vocabulary.
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I think gluing at home is probably the best way to do it. Climate controlled and no rush are big things that help and also 9 times out of 10 the track will be a lot dirtier than your work bench. Also I have some tires that have been glued a few years and they seem ok. Some are starting to un glue from the rims so I also need to refill but so far I havent had too much problem with their age.
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I prefer to glue tires at home.
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I prefer to glue up tires at the track, while rebuilding my rear diff with only 15 minutes till my next race is up.
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I prefer to glue up tires at the track, while rebuilding my rear diff with only 15 minutes till my next race is up.
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I prefer to glue and balance them at home. I'm very picky, and find that I do a much better job if I do it before I get to the track, where I seem to pay more attention to all the bench racing going around me than I do the tires....lol.

I've had the 'birthday sets' as well, and haven't had any issues with them coming apart yet. I do keep all racing sets in sealed bags though.

But, just my opinions.....
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I think it really comes down to if you know the track surface/traction levels etc.. If its a club race or a track you know very well then sure, gluing at home makes the most sense and one less thing you will have to do at the track.

For races that you either have to fly to or a track your unfamiliar with, I would suggest gluing at the track once you get a feel for what compound/tread pattern is going to work best, that way you can save room on packing fewer wheels and foams and you don't waste time gluing tires up that you end up never using.
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I always glue mine at home. Clean and well prepped beads and ample time for glue to dry are important to me. I also balance them. That being said, I have had to buy and glue sets at the track when travelling.....and wished I had brought the right tires every second of it.
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Originally Posted by nv529 View Post
I prefer to glue up tires at the track, while rebuilding my rear diff with only 15 minutes till my next race is up.
Dude ,exactly! !!

Fwiw ,i glue at track as needed as do most all pro drivers
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I glue them out in the open. With a fan going if possible. The glue fumes mess with my sinus real bad
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I glue one set of each tire/compound of each at home, then glue at track as needed.
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I do mine at home on the kitchen table so I can make my wife really mad when I get glue all over everything.
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Old 03-01-2015, 02:45 PM
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trackside. Those guys at DNC where not getting trash bags of tires to take home and glue.... tire prep is so minimal now. Simple green the tirebead, leather punch 2 holes and glue.... set done and dry in 20 minutes.
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trackside. Those guys at DNC where not getting trash bags of tires to take home and glue.... tire prep is so minimal now. Simple green the tirebead, leather punch 2 holes and glue.... set done and dry in 20 minutes.
Exactly

I prefer denatured alcohol and 4 holes but same concept ,lol
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Sorry, noob to offload, but where do you punch holes? Not in the rim?
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